Captain Cap is calling it a career.
The face of the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer, especially in the community is hanging up his boots.
Jay DeMerit could not beat the tick tock of the clock, which eventually takes down every athlete like a savage tackle in the box.
The Green Bay, Wisconsin native was the first player to be signed by the Vancouver franchise in MLS and I remember thinking, seriously they signed an American. But DeMerit did not parachute into the province right before the season started. He embraced his new city and was an ambassador for the club.
Injury plagued would describe the centre back’s tenure in Whitecaps kit.
He had a groin problem in his first season.
In 2012 he played in 31 matches and scored the lone goal in the clubs’ first road victory over Chivas USA. It was his only marker in 71 appearances for the ‘Caps. He also represented the club at the all-star game and played in their only playoff contest.
Last year he was felled by a ruptured Achilles tendon, six minutes into the season, and in the 11th game this year, he tore a tendon in his left ankle at Philadelphia.
DeMerit has had an amazing soccer journey. He originally did not make the MLS. He played in the ninth tier of English football and later from scored the winning goal for Watford, to send them into the English Premier League. The centre-back started for the USA in four matches at the World Cup in South Africa four years ago.
You can see that in the documentary, Rise and Shine – The Jay DeMerit Story.
He married locally, and if you follow Demerit and wife, Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor on twitter, it seems pretty obvious that they share a pretty sweet existence.
Heads up Gastown neighbors, the 34-year-old might be retiring from football, but I think the party is just getting started.